As we inch closer to the NFL’s regular season opener on Thursday, Sept. 8th – a rematch of Super Bowl 50 between the champion Denver Broncos and the league’s MVP Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers – fans and media members alike can hardly contain their excitement. It happens every year after training camps close and pre-season games are underway.
What also happens is the never-ending stream of consciousness centered around the gridiron. For some, it really never stops while others at least try to make into August before unleashing the unnecessary questions that have nothing to do with the game of football itself.
For instance, a simple Google search will reveal that blogs have asked fans what they think about [insert team] jerseys, stadiums (concessions are a huge topic of discussion for some reason), cheerleaders, opposing fans, and even those trying to cross non-NFL athletes over into football is a hot stove topic.
Add in the fact that the Games of the 31st Olympiad recently wrapped up and you have the hottest stove topic around the Internet right now: Could so-and-so make it on an NFL roster? Unless the question is being asked about a weightlifter, wrestler, or shot putter, the answer is usually a resounding “No!”
But what happens when the so-and-so in question is the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt?
He’s One Of The Most Dominant Athletes Anyone Has Ever Seen
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The Jamaican sprinter retired from Track & Field immediately following the Rio Olympics after posting what is being called a “triple-triple,” the unprecedented feat of winning a gold medal for the 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m relay in each of the last three Olympics.
Sunday Night Football analyst and one of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees Tony Dungy was asked by radio/TV host Dan Patrick in Rio if Bolt could survive in the NFL.
“I don’t know if he could survive, but he’d scare a lot of people,” Dungy said. “I would use him as a wide receiver. We would definitely clear out one side of the field because he is so explosive and fast it would be fun to see him on the football field.”
From all intents and purposes, the question will likely remain unanswered so we’ll never find out if Usain Bolt could cut it on a football field. However, there are NFL players out there who think they could beat Bolt on the track.
Watch What Falcons WR Julio Jones Had To Say To Michele Tafoya About Usain Bolt:
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